The Shakerite

BOE Announces Superintendent Candidates

Sarah-Jane Lorenzo, Editor in Chief

March 10, 2013

The Board of Education has named three candidates of diverse experience to replace Mark Freeman as district superintendent following his retirement at the end of this year. A review of the candidates' application materials...

Mastering One of the Toughest Tongues Takes More than 2,000 Hours of Study

Taylor Butze, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2012

Accompanying Shaker’s recently implemented International Baccalaureate Program was the elementary Mandarin Chinese program. Employed within the district are eight native Mandarin Chinese speakers who teach students in various...

Financing the Chinese Program

Shane McKeon, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2012

Shaker’s Chinese program was born out of necessity and opportunity. The district needed to fulfill a world language requirement for the International Baccalaureate program, and the Chinese government offered a solution. Through...

The Challenges of Learning Chinese

Alysse Eberhard, Marissa Miller and Rachel Shaw, Cover Story Editors

March 20, 2012

When the IB Programme arrived at Shaker’s elementary schools last year, students said, “Ni hao” to an hour of weekly Mandarin Chinese language instruction taught by native speakers. This year, students said, “Zai jian”...

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